1st Edition

Problematising Intelligence Studies Towards A New Research Agenda

Edited By Hager Ben Jaffel, Sebastian Larsson Copyright 2022
    276 Pages
    by Routledge

    276 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book offers a new research agenda for intelligence studies in contemporary times.

    In contrast to Intelligence Studies (IS), whose aim has largely been to improve the performance of national security services and assist in policy making, this book takes the investigation of the new professionals and everyday practices of intelligence as the immediate point of departure. Starting from the observation that intelligence today is increasingly about counter-terrorism, crime control, surveillance, and other security-related issues, this book adopts a transdisciplinary approach for studying the shifting logics of intelligence, how it has come to involve an expanding number of empirical sites, such as the police, local community, prison and the Internet, as well as a corresponding multiplicity of new actors in these domains. Shifting the focus away from traditional spies and Anglo-American intelligence services, this book addresses the transformations of contemporary intelligence through empirically detailed and theoretically innovative analyses, making a key contribution to existing scholarship.

    This book will be of much interest to students of intelligence studies, critical security studies, foreign policy, and International Relations.

    PART 1: Reconstructing the Object of Intelligence

    1. Introduction: What’s the Problem with Intelligence Studies? Outlining a New Research Agenda on Contemporary Intelligence

    Hager Ben Jaffel and Sebastian Larsson

    2. Towards a Reflexive Study of Intelligence Accountability

    Bernardino Leon Reyes

    3. Tracing Pre-Emptive Intelligence-Led Policing (ILP): Immigration, Classification Struggles, and the Expansion of Intelligence Logics in British Policing

    Liam McVay

    PART 2: The Practical Transformations of Contemporary Intelligence

    4. Citizen-Led Intelligence Gathering under UK’s Prevent Duty

    Amna Kaleem

    5. Prison Intelligence in France: An Empirical Investigation of the Emergence of Counter-Radicalisation Professionals

    David Scheer

    6. Manufacturing Intelligence: Police and Intelligence Services in Germany

    Jean-Paul Hanon

    7. Transversal Practices of Everyday Intelligence Work in New Zealand: Transnationalism, Commercialism, Diplomacy

    Damien Rogers

    8. The Techno-Legal Boundaries of Intelligence: NSA and FRA’s Collaborations in Transatlantic Mass Surveillance

    Sebastian Larsson

    PART 3: Conceptual Reconsiderations of Intelligence

    9. Regulating the Internet in Times of Mass Surveillance: A Universal Global Space with Universal Human Rights?

    Alvina Hoffmann

    10. After Cambridge Analytica: Rethinking Surveillance in the Age of (Com)Modification

    Håvard Markussen

    11. Violence Performed in Secret by State Agents: For an Alternative Problematisation of Intelligence Studies

    Didier Bigo

    PART 4: Conclusion

    12. Conclusion: Towards New Intelligence Studies

    Hager Ben Jaffel and Sebastian Larsson


    Hager Ben Jaffel is a Research Associate at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris, France.

    Sebastian Larsson is an Associate Senior Lecturer in War Studies at the Swedish Defence University, Sweden.